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Glyko Kerasi (Cherry Spoon Sweet)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 8 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Marissa


  • 2 pounds cherries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Wash the cherries under cold running water and drain well.
  • Using a cherry pitter or tool of choice, carefully pit the cherries, making sure not to split or squash the fruit.*
  • In a large saucepan, spread a layer of cherries, then sprinkle a layer of sugar. Repeat until both ingredients have been fully added to the pan.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight (at least 8 hours and up to 12).
  • Remove the saucepan from the fridge, add the water, and place on the stove over medium heat.
  • Let come to a boil and add in the lemon juice. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the cherries until the syrup is thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 30 to 35 minutes. Skim any foam throughout the cooking process and discard. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Place cherry mixture into a clean and sterilized quart-sized jar. Keep refrigerated.*


  1. If you don't own a cherry pitter, you can use a chopstick and an empty bottle (it's my go-to method, which you can learn about in the blog post above).
  2. If you know the canning basics for preserving food, this recipe can be canned! Fill about three to four 8-ounce jars to about a half-inch from the top. Don't know much about canning, but curious? Start here.